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By John Broetje | Blog, Sleep | Jan 17, 2023
Dreams have always been a fascinating topic for many people. They are a window into our subconscious and can reveal a lot about our innermost thoughts and emotions. Whether you remember your dreams or not, you dream every night. Dreams can be strange and surreal, but they can also be incredibly meaningful. They can be a source of inspiration, a way to process your emotions, and even a way to solve problems. In this article, we will take a closer look at the different types of dreams and what they can tell us about ourselves.
It’s important to know that dreams can come in many different types and to understand these different types of dreams that you can have. Some of the most common types of dreams you might be familiar with like nightmares, daydreams, and lucid dreams. But did you know that there are ten different types of dreams? Let’s take a look at them:
Daydreams – These happen when you’re awake, but you let your imagination take over and you lose yourself in a fantasy scenario. Studies show that people daydream for an average of 70-120 minutes a day.
False Awakening Dreams – Have you ever woken up in the morning and thought you had started your day, only to realize later that it was all just a dream? That’s a false awakening dream.
Lucid Dreams – These are when you realize you’re dreaming and you become aware that you’re in control of the dream. Some people can even make decisions and change the outcome of the dream without waking up.
Nightmares – These are the type of dreams that leave you feeling anxious and scared. They can stem from real-life traumas or unresolved life situations, and are a way for the subconscious to bring attention to something that needs to be acknowledged and confronted.
Recurring Dreams – As we’ve mentioned before, recurring dreams repeat themselves with little variation in story or theme. They can be a sign that there’s a conflict in the dream that needs to be resolved. Once the problem is addressed, the recurring dreams will cease.
Healing Dreams – These dreams act as messages for the dreamer regarding their health. They can help prevent potential health problems or assist in healing. Your body can communicate with your mind through dreams, giving you an early warning system of something that may not be right.
Prophetic Dreams – These dreams seem to predict the future and your unconscious mind may piece together information that you might not have noticed before. They can give you insight into what’s to come.
Epic Dreams – These are the type of dreams that are so vivid and compelling that you can’t ignore them. They possess beauty and archetypal symbolisms and have a profound impact on you, feeling like a life-changing experience.
Progressive Dreams – These dreams continue over a period of nights, following the same theme and continuing where you left off the previous night. They help in exploring different options and approaches to a problem, situation/relationship, and are considered problem-solving dreams.
Mutual Dreams – Mutual dreams are when two people share the same dream. They can be planned, where two people actively work towards achieving the same dream scenario or goal and can be a way to improve communication and build trust. Alternatively, they can also happen spontaneously, when you find out that someone close to you, like a friend, significant other, or relative, had the same dream as you on the same night. Although not much research has been done on the phenomenon of mutual dreams, it is believed that there is a strong connection between the two people who share the dream.
So there you have it, ten different types of dreams that you can have. Each one serves a different purpose and can offer insight into different aspects of your life. Understanding the different types of dreams can help you better understand your dreams and what they might be trying to tell you.
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